My worlds colliding — no, integrating! — at Estee Solomon Gray‘s Mmindding Symposium on what she calls agile attention management. It’s a movement toward our reality as relational beings, supported by the technologies of today. We can do this. We want to do this. We are doing this. The talks were by academics who study things like proxemics and chronemics. The audience was filled with people who are carving out lives and work in just this post-industrial age reality. We’re returning to our natural rhythms.

Pictured and not pictured, friends and colleagues and acquaintances from GlobalNiche, future of work thinkers, expat entrepreneurs, TEDxBayArea, Wisdom 2.o conference, Exceptional Women in Publishing, Bryn Mawr College alumnae, Women’s Startup Lab.

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Held at Rodan-Fields HQ, pictured: Leslie Forman, Pamela Day, Karen Jaw-Madson, Tanya Monsef Bunger, Maria Judice, Monika Ashman, Shirley Rivera. Also seen at this afternoon of theory and practice of “multi minding”, relational thinking and acting for a qualitative life: journalist Liza Dowd, Kevin Marks, creativity expert Austin Hill Shaw, Bonita Banducci, Minda Aguhob of Peak Foqus, salonista Betsy Burroughs.

 

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Note: This free tool is so new it’s not in the app store yet. But I’m giving you a special link to download it on your iPhone, and make this story your whole family can enjoy and participate in.

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Screen Shot 2014-12-02 at 8.57.32 AMEvery year you send out a newsletter with holiday greetings, recapping the year’s events, and spreading good wishes for the year ahead.

You craft it (at the last minute, just another thing on the to-do list), you scrounge for the right photos and agonize over the fonts and the formatting and the text, and you send it all the email addresses you can think of. It’s done and gone.

This year, why not give yourself some breathing room and try a living Selfish story to recap 2014‘s most memorable moments in images and text and your hopes for 2015 — and have fun with your friends and family while you do it?

It’s quick and informal. You can start a Selfish story in 1 minute. Pick a cover image, a title, and your first moment wishing everyone a happy holiday. Anything you might decide to add after that is a bonus!

It’s interactive: your friends and family everywhere can comment right in your holiday letter from their desktops, laptops, and mobile phones.

It’s ongoing. You can start now, today, with that first moment, and share the link. Then you can keep adding highlights and chatting with your loved ones in the comments.

Download Selfish, a brand-spanking-new visual story app on your iPhone.  It’s not even in the app store yet, so you’re looking at the public beta before everyone else gets it!

It’s free, as always.

Here’s what you’ll get when you start your holiday letter as a Selfish story:

  • one easy link you can start sharing today
  • one easy link you can send or post everywhere including Facebook, Twitter, email, Pinterest
  • a gorgeous display of images and text all viewable on the web, or in mobile phones
  • if you add more than one image to a moment, it shows on the web as a slideshow!
  • just one simple seasonal greeting moment will work great, or
  • you can add all the moments of your year if you’re a detail person, at any time — hours, days, weeks — after you start your story. The link you share doesn’t change!
  • invites everyone on your mailing list to comment and talk to each other so your holiday letter comes alive

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Get started right now

  • Do a 12-days of Christmas or Hanukah or Kwanza or New Year’s story, or
  • Top 10 fun times in 2014
  • Best image and happenings of each month of the year
  • A moment for each family member — add as many images and captions as you want. Don’t forget Fido. He had a big 2014 too.
  • Or, start capturing real-time just what you’re doing this holiday: running errands, gazing at decorations, digging out ornaments in the attic, preparing special meals, enjoying the store windows, the snow on the ground, the lights, the trees, the presents, the crowds. What the season means to you. You may find you want to share your real-time holiday letter more widely by the end of the month!
  • If you’d like the rest of us to enjoy your holiday letter too, add a hashtag in the text or comments on one of the moments: #holidayletter

Open the app on your iPhone and get started. Happy holidays!

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In an ongoing, collaborative Selfish visual story, here’s what happened this week at Slush, the massive startup conference in Helsinki, which I attended with the founders of Selfish Inc, Rostem Hairedin and Moody Fayed.

Pitching contests, Vegas-worthy light shows, avant garde gentlemen’s grooming, Marimekko prints, exhibits and panels by Finns you’ve heard of, Finnish humor, a sauna in the sky, SuperCell’s blowout after party, human androids and oculus rifts, meetings about user feedback analysis, bean bags, Estonian tech sisters, Facetimes home, spontaneous ice cream picnic with Istanbul Teknokent Turks, a party in a casino with RocketSpace mobile ad regulars Fiksu, Tune and Ad Colony.

View the story “On The Road To Slush” to see the details.

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IMG_6311So pleased for Wendy J Fox, winner of the 2014 Press 53 Award for short fiction — which resulted in today’s publication of “The Seven Stages of Anger“!

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Thanks Wendy, for the opportunity to read your collection in advance, and for your lovely note. I am likewise inspired by you!

(I had the pleasure of working with Wendy for the Expat Harem anthology.)

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“Wendy Fox’s prose is strong and fragile at the same time. As she explores
in these stories the hairline fractures in our relationships with life,
ourselves and each other, you can’t help but hold your breath for the big
break you know is coming. The eggshells of everything? Fox owns the
category.”

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Name a company, professional person, business or brand that you follow on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest or get email newsletters from. How did you come to follow that source and what do you like about being in touch? How do you interact (customer service, community, feedback on product, promos, education, entertainment)? What brand or business are you aware of on social media not doing it well or otherwise making big mistakes?

These are some of the questions I asked two business classes at Santa Clara recently.

IMG_4811 In fun, interactive hour and a half sessions, I encouraged the students to become independent scholars on the topic of digital marketing and social networking since it’s a topic moving at the speed of light and will never be able to be covered properly at the pace of traditional textbook publishing. IMG_4817

To supplement the student’s rudimentary and out of date textbook chapter on this subject — MySpace was listed first in section about social networks — I shared my favorite cutting-edge sources for all things social networking and digital marketing:

  • tools like Slideshare and Twitter chats like @MarketingNut Pam Moore’s #mktgchat,
  • relevant ters like content marketing, social curation, social discovery and double opt-in, and
  • thought leaders in the space who produce free newsletters, webinars and other content that the students can subscribe to and learn as it happens: Brian Solis, Bryan Kramer,  Jay Baer’s ConvinceandConvert, Chris Brogan, Derek Halpern’s Social Triggers, Shelly Kramer, ConversationAgent, Chris Garrett, Sonia Simone, Olivier Blanchard, Tara Gentile, Meghan Biro and Brian Clark.

I suggested the students can also make a Twitter list of digital marketing leaders and easily dip into what these players are discussing and with whom.

Thanks for the invitation to lead the digital marketing discussion for two of your business classes, Tanya Monsef Bunger! Your students are inspiring. Several have fledgling businesses, and many are aware consumers watching closely which businesses engage them online in meaningful ways, and which companies are failing to use digital tools to foster closer connection with their market.

Was pleased to be able to award a very participatory student, John, with a signed copy of Porter Gale’s Your Network is Your Net Worth. Enjoy it!

And extra thanks to all the students of Contemporary American Business Issues for your participation and feedback, including Cindy, Armand, Jerica, Liv, Anabel, Brynn, Mariam, Meaghan, Alex, Marc, Paulina, Alec, Nicholas, Josalvin, and Ashley.

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How To Become Your Own North Star On The Internet

25 September 2014 Community

We’re all digital strategists now. In fact, if you aren’t thinking deeply about how and where and with whom you appear and interact on the web, you need to start. Today. You can and should be using your online presence as a 21st century life & work skill to connect with relevant people, information you […]

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Expat Harem: 9 Years On The Reading List

7 September 2014 Community

Thrilled to see Expat Harem top this list of best expat books in the Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah. Thanks to Expat Harem book and blog writer Catherine Yiğit for the heads up! Leyla Yvonne Ergil writes, “Many an expat has penned their experiences of living of Turkey in captivating accounts of the beauty of the landscape […]

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Sarah Granger’s The Digital Mystique

4 September 2014 Community

So pleased to support digital life thinker and my fellow Seal Press author Sarah Granger‘s launch of The Digital Mystique. In The Digital Mystique: How the Culture of Connectivity Can Empower Your Life – Online and Off, Granger shows us how digital media is shaping our lives in real time. Long before I moved to SF […]

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Storytellers with iPhones! Want to be a pioneer?

27 August 2014 Community

  I’m heading community and content in a new semi-private social networking tool for visual storytelling called Selfish. We’re about to launch our beta iOS apps in Russia and Canada, then in the US and Android a little later, along with our desktop component. Big, global stuff for socially savvy publishers! We’re looking for digital […]

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